LeBron James stopped wearing a headband and everybody noticed. Earlier in his career, some people had fun watching the headband allegedly follow King James’ hairline north (which was probably an illusion anyway), but the real reason James decided to ditch the look wasn’t encroaching baldness. James told Chris Haynes at Cleveland.com that he stopped headbanding to show solidarity with his teammates.
“I did it because I just wanted to look like my teammates,” James said about losing the headband. “Just wanted to be one. Nothing more than that.” More like his teammates and less, coincidentally, like Paul Pierce–his chatterbox nemesis and sometime rival–who wears a headband for the Washington Wizards. The headband had a heyday in the NBA about five years ago, but has been less popular of late. Maybe Rondo–a fan–finally killed it? James is an athlete who’s very conscious not to get stuck in yesterday.